Classes Year-round Instruction for Youth and Adults

Lion FairyMarin Shakespeare’s Classes provide performing arts instruction throughout the year. We also provide drama classes at many local schools.

Phone Education Director Beth Kellermann at 415-499-4487 with questions or to enroll, or email education@marinshakespeare.org.

For Homeschoolers
For Youth
For Teenagers
For Adults

For Homeschoolers

Next Session starts in February

For Youth

EXPLORING SHAKESPEARE
Dates/Times:
Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, 8 weeks
October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14
Location: 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael
Tuition: $240
Ages: 8 to 12
Enroll Here

This 8-week theatre class is perfect for young people who want to explore Shakespeare’s plays and character. The class will focus on three of Shakespeare’s most famous plays: Romeo and Juliet (tragedy), The Taming of the Shrew (comedy), and Henry V (history). Students will learn the stories of each play, explore the characters through improvisation, and perform select scenes and monologues. Each young actor will deepen their knowledge of Shakespeare and hone their acting skills. The class will culminate with a showcase of scenes for friends and family.

Instructor Bio:  Jesse Brownstein is a native Bay Area theater artist and educator who specializes in Shakespeare. He holds and degrees from UC Berkeley, SF State, and Boston College, where he studied Shakespeare, Early Modern theatre, and dramatic literature. He has worked with numerous theatre companies around the Bay Area, including Marin Shakespeare, the SF Mime Troupe, and Golden Thread Productions. Jesse fell in love with theatre as a child by participating in Marin Shakespeare’s educational programs and he is honored to return as a teacher to share his passion with a new generation of artists and actors.

For Teenagers

IMPROVISATION IMMERSION
Dates/Times:
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, 8 weeks
October 18, 25 November 1, 8, 15, 29 December 6 and one date TBA
Location: 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael
Tuition: $240
Ages: 13 and older
Enroll Here

Come sharpen your wit and hone your skills.
Whether you’re new to acting or you’ve got years of experience, you’ll build your performing confidence and laugh harder than you thought possible. In a world where our lives are so often scheduled and prepared, Improvisation is a great tool that helps build confidence and encourages quick-thinking on your feet without preparation. We’ll explore what it means to create a scene by just being in the room and listening and responding. We believe Improv can help young adults by improving acting skills, gaining comfort in public speaking and social settings, enhancing one’s creative and imaginative abilities and strengthening decision-making skills. No previous acting or improv experience required. Just show up ready to play and open to silliness!

Instructor Bio:  Jackson Currier is a teaching artist, set designer and actor for Marin Shakespeare Company where he most recently played Porthos in The Three Musketeers. He was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award his performance as Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet at Marin Shakes. He has directed Two Gentlemen of Verona and King Lear for Marin Shakespeare Company’s Teen Touring Company and will be directing their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in January. Jackson trained at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and currently teaches stage combat and technical theatre at Mount Tam School in Mill Valley.

CLOWNING/PHYSICAL COMEDY
Starts October 23.  This class for adults, is led by Michael Cavanaugh; older teenagers will be considered on an individual basis.  For more information, see below.

TEEN TOURING COMPANY
The Teen Touring Company gives teenagers a chance to tour a Shakespeare play to schools, senior centers, and other venues. To schedule a free performances of the Teen Touring Company at your school, please email or call us at 499-4487 in the Fall.
Click here for information about auditions and performances, and to enroll online.

Cast

For Adults

CLOWNING/PHYSICAL COMEDY
Dates/Times:
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, 8 weeks
October 23, 30 November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11, 18
Location: 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael
Tuition: $240
Ages: Adult, older teenagers (15+) will be considered on an individual basis.

Adults Enroll Here
Age 18 and Under Enroll Here

Everybody Laughs with Michael Cavanaugh. What is that one thing about you that is different and unique? How can you harness that into an unstoppable force of laughter? Come explore the wide world of Clown as we explore the many different faces and physical comedy skills of various types of clowns. We will also explore the dynamics of status and how to play status in duos, trios, and more. Along with types and status we will delve into Clown logic, taking everything at face value.

Instructor Bio:  Michael Cavanaugh has a a Masters in Puppet Arts from the University of Connecticut and graduated from Dell’Arte International’s Professional Training Program. Michael is a Resident Artist and Director with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival as well as a Teaching Artist and Director with Berkeley Playhouse, the Kinetic Arts Center, and Circus of Smiles. Michael has founded his own clown training for actors program called Everybody Laughs. He is also a founding member of the AlulA Ensemble. Michael is a member of Actor’s Equity, UNIMA-USA, Puppeteers of America, and the Bay Area Puppetry Guild.

SHAKESPEARE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE TEACHER TRAINING
Are you an actor, director or theatre teacher who wants to use the power of theatre to help others? Join our Shakespeare for Social Justice Instructor Training Workshop to learn about using Drama Therapy and Shakespeare to open minds and hearts.  You will learn how Marin Shakespeare uses Shakespeare and Drama Therapy in California State Prisons and about opportunities to volunteer in prisons.

For more information or to enquire about scholarships, please call 415/499-4485 or email management@marinshakespeare.org or visit Social Justice Teacher Training

AUDITION WORKSHOP
One of our summer mainstage Directors will offer insight on auditioning for outdoor Shakespeare festivals plus one-on-one feedback on your audition piece. A great way to prepare for Marin Shakespeare Company General Auditions.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at 514 Fourth Street, San Rafael.  Cost: $50.

To sign up, call 415/499-4487 or Click here to sign up online.
For audition information and to schedule an appointment click here: Audition Information.

Phone Education Director Beth Kellermann at 415-499-4487 with questions or to enroll, or email education@marinshakespeare.org.

Private study is available upon request.